LABOR/EMPLOYMENT

$5 Million Awarded in Religious Discrimination Suit

A Jackson County, Mo., jury has awarded a local woman $5 million in her  discrimination lawsuit against AT&T, her former employer. In her suit, the woman claimed after she converted to Islam in 2005 she was subjected to intense harassment about her religion. Co-workers made comments about her head scarf and insinuated she was a terrorist, the suit stated.  Wire Report, Kansas City Star  05/08/2012

Suit: Teacher Passed over for Promotions due to Age

A former teacher in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the Anne Arundel County school district for alleged discrimination due to her age. In her suit, the woman claims she was passed over multiple times for administration positions in favor of candidates under the age of 40, many of whom lacked the experience or certifications necessary for the job. The plaintiff says in the suit that on one occasion a school administrator told her she would not become an assistant principal strictly because of her age.  Andrea F. Siegel, Baltimore Sun  05/05/2012

PRODUCTS

Organic Berries Recalled due to E. Coli Contamination

California company FunFresh Foods, Inc. has issued a recall of a single lot of 6-ounce packages of World Berries Organic "Cacao Nibs" due to a potential E. coli contamination. The product was distributed in April of this year in about 30 states across the country. There have been no illnesses reported in association with the recalled product.  Staff Report, Kansas City Info Zine  05/06/2012

PERSONAL INJURY

Ford Settles Accident Caused by Defective Tires

Ford Motors has settled a lawsuit over allegations that defective tires on the Ford Bronco II were the main cause in a 2003 wreck that left a Montana man paralyzed. In the suit, the man argued his accident was one of many caused by tread belt separation in the specific type of tire equipped on the vehicle. The tire company and the dealership the victim bought the car from settled out of court.  Staff and Wire Report, Detroit Free Press  05/08/2012

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Abbott Pays $1.6 Billion for Off-Label Drug Marketing

Abbott Laboratories has agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle claims that the company improperly marketed its neurological medication Depakote. The drug, approved to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines, was allegedly marketed to treat schizophrenia, dementia and autism, a group of whistle-blower lawsuits claimed. The suits also said the company gave illegal kickbacks to doctors for talking about the off-label uses.  Peter Frost, LA Times  05/07/2012

WRONGFUL DEATH

Suit Filed Against UVA over Girl's Murder

The mother of the University of Virginia lacrosse player who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend has filed a lawsuit against the university, saying individuals at the school ignored the ex-boyfriend's "erratic and aggressive" behavior toward women. The suit claims the school, athletic department and men's lacrosse coach did nothing to curb, punish or report his "potential risk of violence." The mother has also filed a $30 million suit against the boyfriend, who has been convicted of murder.  Stephanie Rabiner, Reuters  05/05/2012